J. and I were theorizing the other day. Why would God have created such an impossible fruit as the mango? It is soooooooooo delicious–IF you can get it into edible form. Most fruit has a round pit, or tiny seeds–peaches, pears, apples–all very easy to slice. Pineapple takes some muscle, but it’s not a puzzle. But mangoes–the pit is OBLONG. I mean COME ON!
Then, I had a revelation. Mangoes must have been the forbidden fruit on the Tree of Knowledge in Eden. Think about it. God did not mean this fruit to be eaten. OBviously. And…AND–It grows in hot climates. Eden is believed to have been between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the Fertile Crescent (the Middle East).
Anyway, they are delicious. But cutting them up is next to impossible. Every year I buy a few when they are in season at the market, and every year I say, “Never Again!” I’m pretty sure the only “easy” way to eat them is standing over your kitchen sink in your underwear. Take the peel off and just suck the fruit off the pit.
Or make this slaw–but it will require you to cut the fruit. It’s pretty worth it though. Especially when you have yummy pork tacos to go along with it. Which you will get the recipe for tomorrow, I promise.
Spicy Mango Slaw
Adapted from Cooking Light
1/2 head cabbage, shredded
2 green onions, minced
Juice of 2 limes
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (since it’s a salad, go for the good stuff!)
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 fresh mangoes, sliced
Combine ingredients in a large bowl; Toss.